Spring 2022: Diversity Action Plan Implementation
Spring 2022 Anti-Racism Actions
The University continues to move forward in pursuit of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. Spring 2022 highlights include an increase in the percentage of domestic students of color and international students, continued participation in the National Recognition Program Scholarship program, recruit and retain a more diverse faculty, administration, and staff, fund 18 Teaching Race Across the Curriculum (TRAC) grants, create a more welcoming and affirming campus, and co-sponsored the Bronx Summit 2022: All the Way Up, led by an FCRH alumnus.
GOAL: Develop Robust Admissions Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Students of Color to Fordham.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission continues to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our admission and recruitment practices. By design, we are projecting to enroll a smaller entering class this fall of between 2400-2500. As of mid-May, we were able to increase the percentage of domestic students of color in the class from 43% to 46%. Additionally, international students increased from 7% to 9%.
- Asian-identifying students increased to 16% of this fall’s incoming class from 14% last year.
- Black-identifying students stand at 5% for the class of 2026 versus 7% for the class of 2025.
- Hispanic/Latinx-identifying students increased to 20% of the incoming class this year compared to 18% last year.
- The percentage of students identifying as more than one race increased to 5% this year compared to 4% last year.
To assist in the recruitment of such a talented group of students, the Office of Undergraduate Admission also continued participation in the National Recognition Program Scholarship program. These full tuition scholarships included the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP), the National African American Recognition Program (NAARP), and for the first time, the National Indigenous Recognition Program (NIRP). For fall 2022:
- 184 NAARP Scholarships were awarded with 38 students enrolling;
- 281 NHRP Scholarships were awarded with 62 students enrolling;
- 19 NIRP Scholarships were awarded with 5 of those students enrolling.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission also offered programming specifically for admitted students of color. Sessions involved students, faculty, and administrators from various departments including the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Three events were held virtually on the topics of Finding Your Community, Academic Life, and Student Services. More than 200 students attended these events with 52% of those students enrolling. For the first time, two in-person Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging sessions were also held at Spring Preview. These in-person events featured a panel discussion with audience participation followed by a reception. Approximately 75 students and families attended at the Lincoln Center campus, and approximately 100 did so at the Rose Hill campus.
GOAL: Recruit and Retain a More Diverse Faculty, Administration, and Staff.
In support of the chief diversity officer's equity advisor initiative, Human Resources is sponsoring fellowships for employees to complete the Advanced Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.
GOAL: Develop Curricular and Co-curricular Initiatives That Support the Imperative of Confronting Racism and Educating for Justice.
The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer completed a review of twenty-five Teaching Race Across the Curriculum (TRAC) Grant proposals for AY 2022 -2023, ultimately funding eighteen of them, primarily in the School of Arts & Sciences, with grants also awarded to faculty in the Gabelli School of Business, and the Graduate School of Education. Seven of the grants will fund the continuation of current TRAC Grant projects that demonstrate special potential for sustainable impact.
GOAL: Create a More Welcoming and Affirming Campus.
The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer hosted a virtual convening of faculty of color and allies on Wednesday, May 18, to plan gatherings and activities for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer continues to partner with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council to build Fordham’s DEI data infrastructure, focusing on student access, retention and success.
GOAL: Build Lasting Partnerships With Our Neighbors
GOAL: Amplify our Voice in Educating for Justice Beyond the Campus
The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer co-sponsored the Bronx Summit 2022: All the Way Up, led by FCRH alumnus, Kevin Brooks, on Friday, May 13. The summit was held at the Andrew Freeman Home on the Grand Concourse, and was the culminating event of the borough's Bronx Week 2022 Celebration.